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September 25, 2012 By Andy Bernstein | Comments

Today, we are very proud to say HeadCount unleashed the largest social media-driven voter registration campaign ever. It marks the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.

More than 200 celebrities and musicians from 50 Cent to George Lopez to Dave Matthews have taken photos holding up HeadCount’s “Register To Vote” clipboards. They are sharing their photos on Twitter and Facebook today, along with a link to an online voter registration form.

The Twitter hashtag for National Voter Registration Day is #925NVRD. A Facebook photo album of the celebrities and musicians can be viewed here: http://on.fb.me/QWtdo4, and the participants are listed below (Warning! it’s a long list).

The musicians, actors, and comics featured in the campaign have a combined social media reach of over 100 million followers.  Other participants include Stephen Colbert, John Legend, Jack Johnson, and Edward Norton. Dave Matthews Band also released a special video for their new single Mercy that links to the online voter registration form and ends with Matthews writing “Register to Vote” on a writing pad.

We’ve also got photos from many of the longstanding HeadCount supporters such as Phish, My Morning Jacket, Warren Haynes, Death Cab for Cutie, SCI, Ani DiFranco, Dr. Dog, STS9, G. Love, Umphrey’s McGee, Grizzly Bear, moe, Lotus  and so many others. All the HeadCount musician board members – Bob Weir, John McCrea of CAKE, and Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits are also represented.

REVERB, a non-profit organization that creates and runs greening programs for major concert tours, assisted with the program by recruiting artists such as Linkin Park, Jason Mraz and fun.

And don’t forget about the comedians! More than 50 of them! Sarah Silverman, Craig Ferguson, Lewis Black, Marlon Wayans, shall we go on?

National Voter Registration Day involves thousands of volunteers from hundreds of organizations registering voters in their communities. It stands to be the largest one-day voter registration drive in history. In addition to the on-line activity, HeadCount will stage voter registration campaigns in more than 30 cities around the U.S. , deploying at transportation centers, retail stores and concerts. The deadlines to register to vote are as early as October 6th in some states.

We’ve already run voter registration drives at more than 800 live music and cultural events this year. But this promises to be our biggest day ever.

 

HeadCount Social Media Participants:

Musicians
• 3Oh3!
• 50 Cent
• A Loss For Words
• ALO
• Aloe Blacc
• Amanda Palmer
• Anders Osborne
• Andrew Bird
• Ani DiFranco
• Antibalas
• B-52s
• Ballyhoo!
• Bassnectar
• BB King
• Big Boi
• Big Gigantic
• Blind Pilot
• Blitzen Trapper
• Bob Weir
• Bonnie Raitt
• Brandi Carlile
• Brown Birds
• Bury Me a Lion
• CAKE
• Calexico
• Charts
• Common
• Cornmeal
• Cyndi Lauper
• Dave Matthews
• Dawes
• Death Cab for Cutie
• Delta Spirit
• Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
• Dispatch
• DJ Dummy
• Dr. Dog
• EarPhunk
• Elephant Revival
• Eve 6
• Fikus
• Fitz and the Tantrums
• Fletcher’s Grove
• Flobots
• fun.
• G. Love
• Galactic
• Girl Talk
• Grace Potter
• Greensky Bluegrass
• Grizzly Bear
• Guster
• Honey Island Swamp Band
• Ivan Neville
• Jackson Browne
• Jason Mraz
• Joe Russo
• John Legend
• Jonathan Wilson
• Ke$ha
• Keller Williams
• Le Blorr
• Linkin Park
• Lotus
• Madison Rising
• Matt and Kim
• Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra)
• Metric
• Michael Franti and Spearhead
• Miike Snow
• Milkman
• Mimosa
• moe.
• My Morning Jacket
• New Mastersounds
• O.A.R.
• OK Go!
• Orchard Lounge
• Patterson Hood (Drive-By-Truckers)
• Perry Gaffney Jr.
• Phish
• Portugal The Man
• Primus
• Revivalists
• Rise Against
• Robert Ellis
• Rubblebucket
• Russ Irwin (Aerosmith)
• Santigold
• Sharon Jones
• Slightly Stoopid
• SOJA
• Soulive
• Spirit Family Reunion
• St. Vincent
• Steel Pulse
• String Cheese Incident
• STS9
• Takka Takka
• Tenacious D
• Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
• The Disco Biscuits
• The Head and the Heart
• The Lee Boys
• The Punch Brothers
• The Walkmen
• Trampled by Turtles
• tUnE-yArDs
• TV on the Radio
• Umphrey’s McGee
• Vernon Reid
• War on Drugs
• Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule)
• Weird Al Yankovic
• Widespread Panic
• Wilco
• Will Johnson (Centro-matic)
• Yacht
• Yellow Ostrich
• Zola Jesus

Actors, Entertainers and Notable Figures
• Amy Schumer
• Aron Ralston
• Aubrey Plaza
• Aziz Ansari
• Barry Sobel
• Benjy Bonk and Elisa Jordana
• Blythe Danner
• Bobby Slayton
• Brad Trackman
• Craig Ferguson
• Craig Newmark
• David Cross
• David Wain
• Demetri Martin
• Doug Benson
• Ed Asner
• Edward Norton
• Eva Amurri Martino
• Frances Fisher
• Gary Gulman
• Gary Owen
• George Lopez
• Jason Biggs
• Jeff Garlin
• Jeffrey Gurian
• Jen Kirkman
• Jenny Mollen
• Jim Gaffigan
• Jim Norton
• Jimmi Simpson
• Kevin Love
• Laurie Holden
• Lewis Black
• Lisa Lampanelli
• Malin Akerman
• Margaret Cho
• Marlon Wayans
• Matt Walsh
• Michael Ian Black
• Mike Vecchione
• Norman Reedus
• Patton Oswalt
• Paul Tompkins
• Rob Delaney
• Rob Huebel
• Roseanne Barr
• Sarah Silverman
• Scott Blakeman
• Serinda Swan
• Shay Mitchell
• Stacey Prussman
• Stephen Colbert
• Steven Wright
• Steve-O
• Susan Sarandon
• Ted Alexandro
• Tenacious D (Jack Black)
• Tim Heidecker
• Todd Barry
• W. Kamau Bell and cast and writers of Totally Biased
• Wavy Gravy
• Wendy Malick

The National Voter Registration Day clipboard project would not have been possible without assistance from the following people and partners:

Bart Coleman, Rocky Benloulou-Dubin, Don Strasburg, Adam Gardner and Lauren Sullivan of REVERB, Erin Potts and Jamie Paratore of Air Traffic Control, Jordan Rathkopf and Chris Talbott of Cause and Effect Agency, Scott Leemon, Jason Bau, Stacey Prussman, Jay Blakesberg, Dave Vann, Elizabeth Daniels, Michael Martin, Dino Perrucci, Allison Murphy, Jaclyn Fidler, Taylor Hill, Adam Davila, Richard Goodstone, Sharon Trager, Dana Schwalm and Michael Martin of Effects Partners, Elizabeth Bruneau, Matt Mastrangelo, Matt Frampton, Chris Reed, Abby Brazina, Laura Bedrick, Sam D’Arcangelo, Racheal Griffin-Jackson, Celia and Yancey Gregory, Jonathan Brothers, Leslie Elder, Pat Daly, Joe Calie and every single HeadCount Team Leader who has gotten behind NVRD with photos and their work in the field, Christein Aromando, Pam Koslov, Carrie Weprin, Austin Chang, Ankit Somani, Lisa Blum, Peter Shapiro, Matt Busch, Patrick Jordan, Ken Hays, Andrew Dreskin, Marc Brownstein, Steve Simon, Diane Blagman, Jay Sweet, Tim Walther, Dave Margulies, Ian Goldberg, John Fordin, Kevin Earle, Ami Spishock, Matt Beck, Jason Colton, Craig Newmark, Jayson Jackson, Jane Goodman, Bryan Duquette, Jeremy Mallard, Dasha Davis, Ken Weinstein, Michael Skolnik, Lisa Cohen, Justin Ciambra, James Haffner, Rebecca Silver, and the festivals that hosted us and our photographers: Camp Bisco, All Good Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Newport Folk Festival, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Equifunk, Catskill Chill, Made in America, The team at Shore Fire Media: Chris Taille, Matt Hanks and Bryant Kitching, Jason Mitchell and everyone at Movement Strategy, Most of all, the executive director would like to thank the HeadCount staff and interns for the tireless hours they invested in this project: Jane Henderson, Ethan Thorpe, Jennifer Suh, Jamie Huntsman, Laurie Lenninger, Tappan Vickery, Phil Frandina, Anastasia Soroko, Erika Reichelscheimer, and EVERY ARTIST, COMIC, ACTOR and CELEBRITY who posed and posted, and the many talented and caring people who work with them.

HeadCount provides voter registration assistance on a strictly nonpartisan basis to any U.S. citizen age 18 or over without regard to political affiliation, race, religion, or age. HeadCount does not endorse, support or coordinate with any political party or candidates for elected office, or take positions on any ballot initiatives.